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Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey

(1887-1956), Aircraft manufacturer

Sitter in 8 portraits

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Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x151687

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 19 July 1935
NPG x151687

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x151688

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 19 July 1935
NPG x151688

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x151689

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 19 July 1935
NPG x151689

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x151690

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 19 July 1935
NPG x151690

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84209

Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 19 July 1935
NPG x84209

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Esther Sarah (née Whitmey), Lady Fairey; Sir (Charles) Richard Fairey

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 19 July 1935
NPG x151692

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Professor Adrian Smith

11 March 2018, 17:33

These photographs were taken two months after the birth of John Fairey, the first child of Richard Fairey and his second wife Esther. The location is Woodlands Park, the couple's rented home in Buckinghamshire. The future Sir Richard was arguably the best known plane maker in Britain at the time, his company Fairey Aviation being a major supplier to the RAF and the Fleet Air Arm. Around this time Fairey's most iconic aircraft, the Swordfish, entered service. A suggestion: the portrait of CR Fairey and/or the joint portrait of the Faireys could be put on display as this spring IB Tauris is publishing The Man Who Built The Swordfish: The Life of Sir Richard Fairey, 1887-1956, which I wrote at the behest of the Fairey family.
Adrian Smith, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Southampton

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